An Athens Co. Children Services employee allegedly misled investigators in a rape case

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An employee of Athens County Children Services accused of misleading law enforcement in the investigation of an alleged rape of a child in foster care turned herself in on Wednesday.

Mugshot of Jamie Mays
Jamie Mays [Southeast Ohio Regional Jail]
Jamie Mays surrendered to the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office on a charge out of Athens County for obstructing justice, a felony of the third degree. 

Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn said the charge against Mays involves efforts to question a suspect in the alleged rape. The alleged victim and suspect were both in the same foster home at the time, he said.

Several employees at Children Services did not want investigators to interview the suspect, according to Blackburn. He said Mays told investigators the suspect was in a residential treatment facility outside the county.

This was not true, Blackburn said. Investigators discovered the suspect was a student at an Athens County school. Investigators pulled the suspect out of school for an interview and then returned them to their foster parents.

The investigation into the alleged rape has been turned over to the prosecutor’s office to evaluate what charges should be filed in the case.

Mays was booked into the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on a $10,000 bond pending appearance Thursday before Athens County Municipal Court Judge Todd Grace.

Athens County Children Services could not be reached for comment by time of publishing.